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Racing Through the Dark: Crash. Burn. Coming Clean. Coming Back.
Racing Through the Dark: Crash. Burn. Coming Clean. Coming Back.
by David Millar
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Peloton will Never be the Same, January 31, 2013
The world of cycling has been marred by doping scandals but there is a little light beyond the smoldering remains. In Racing through the Dark, David Millar tells of his climb and fall as a Pro Cyclist. It was a gifted beginning with plenty of opportunities, big wins and big money. However, David succumbed to that age old desire to have more than everything, to be greater than good. His descent into doping, drinking and disillusion happens one stage at a time, one night at a time. There is no sudden crash that awakens him, though his arrest for possession certainly starts the process.

Unabashedly, David Millar respects his readers enough to honest about his embarrassing moments. He paints a picture of the environment that pressured top athletes to "Be Prepared" in any way that could. Any rider that gave less than blood and tears just wasn't worthy of being in the peloton. In the end he would pull a 180 and be one of the first to openly rage against the doping machine. David would encourage others to speak out, to change the system and then he took steps to make sure that his sport would never be the same.


Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide
Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide
by Paul Howard
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.62
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mountain Bikers Version of Eat, Pray, Love, January 16, 2013
The Great Divide has become the pinnacle of American Mountain Bike Endurance races. It is the knobby tired Iditarod of the Rocky Mountains and sports writer Paul Howard conquered it with the stubborn zest born of a man on a mission. If you love to delve into the deep woods love affair that is Mountain Biking then you will enjoy this trek. However, the writing can be mundane where it should be inspirational. The humor falls far short of the mark, so far that you sometimes wonder if he is making a joke at all. There were places where I was tempted to stop reading but the outcome was always the saving grace. I needed to know if he finished the race. I needed to know what happened to his friends along the way. I needed to know what the back trails of the wild west feel like in the 21st century. I'm glad I hung on because most of the ride was worth the wait.


Deviants (The Dust Chronicles)
Deviants (The Dust Chronicles)
by Maureen McGowan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $9.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy Fiction that falls Short of Being Marvelesque, January 4, 2013
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Deviants was what I like to call fluffy fiction. A light and airy read that lacked depth or emotion. Besides that, I enjoyed this sometimes creative take on an apocalyptic future and all the various mutations that ensued. The characters were short of being Marvelesque, very similar to the popular comic book and movie heroes of today but with watered down personalities. I really enjoyed the love interest and actually found him more compelling than the heroine. Despite its short falls and formulaic predictability, I do intend to read the next installation of the series. However I do so hoping that the author picks up her game a little.
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Doppelganger Effect
Doppelganger Effect
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Church of Gravity in Full Effect, January 1, 2013
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Have you ever read a book and said, "This is about my life." That was my experience reading Johnathon Allen's Doppelganger Effect. It is an individual's journey expressed through a cross country search for one's identity while exploring a new array of extreme sports and mind altering drugs. It is a quest for that familial inclusiveness that comes from adapting to a blood family, an adopted family or a rag tag group of friends who share the same passions. Johnathon tells his true life tale of striking out on his own while struggling to envision the contours of his personal direction. His tools are gravity, mountain bikes, bungee cords and a whimsical wind of fate that carries him along the way.

The Doppelganger Effect is a brief read but a sincere one that urges you to appreciate any ties that don't cut off your circulation. Johnathon Allen asks his readers to look into his all too familiar face and take the plunge into a world that has no clear past but might hopefully open into a usable future.


Lanced: The Shaming of Lance Armstrong
Lanced: The Shaming of Lance Armstrong
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4.0 out of 5 stars All the Suspicions as they slowly Unfolded, December 24, 2012
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It had been a long time coming. Lance Armstrong had a powerful story of hope that no one wanted to deny. USA Cycling, the UCI, race officials and sports writers all turned a blind eye to what was happening behind those seven Tour de France victories. Only a small handful of commonsense writers looked at the larger picture and questioned its legitimacy. David Walsh was one of the few who dared to poke at the media bubble that had become Lance the unbeatable. Having watched cyclists take on the demands of the world's toughest race, Walsh could not accept that anyone would be able to do it so easily, so steadily.

The Tour de France was never meant to be tamed, it was meant to be survived. Some had seen the truth but were shunned into silence. Lance had raced exactly as one would if he were doped to the eyeballs. What had seemed unreal turned out to be unreal. This series of articles from The Sunday Times will be eye opening especially for those who hadn't known of all the suspicions as they slowly unfolded. Lanced give the reader a timeline of when the real doping began and leaves one wondering if it will ever end.


42 Fallacies
42 Fallacies
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction for a Good Price, December 21, 2012
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Fallacies have become the poison of America's rhetorical battles. Entire news agencies use them to induce the viewer into a emotional trance suggesting that they must hang on to find out something so urgent that changing the channel will change their lives. Politicians, used car salesmen, lawyers, preachers and close family may be the knowing or unknowing perpetrators of these manipulations. It is more important than ever that we as informed citizens and consumers learn how people are trying to steal from and deceive us. It is a matter of our personal and financial survival.

42 Fallacies is a start in the right direction. It is a primer for the deeper conversation that is needed about this topic. The writing and examples are simple and straightforward. For the cost you can't beat it.
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The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance
The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance
by Ed Ayres
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Multi-Layered Intellectual Journey, December 11, 2012
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Ed Ayers has been running all his life and built up quite a resume as one of the most respected experts on the subject. In The Longest Race he takes us along the path of the JFK 50, an Ultra-marathon trail run. Along the way Ed adds journalistic depth to his memories of a life on two feet. It's not merely a recounting of past races but an exploration of the anthropological roots of our desire to compete as well as contemplation of where we might be heading in the future.

Having only just returned to running as a form of exercise I was interested in hearing what this wry old veteran could teach me about the sport. What I got was a multi-layered intellectual journey from the growth of an athlete to the transcendence of the human race. The author occasionally hovered his foot over the acid bath that is generational criticism but never gets burned. It's hard to argue with a man who competes at the top level while in his seventies. We should all be so lucky to as enjoy his many years of mental and physical virility.

The Longest Race provided many answers before I had even formulated the questions. As an added bonus, his advice has also helped my running times and perhaps more importantly, my enjoyment of each moment on the trail.


First Triathlons: Personal Stories of Becoming a Triathlete
First Triathlons: Personal Stories of Becoming a Triathlete
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the Water's Edge to the Finish Line, November 30, 2012
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They say that you know a good idea when you say to yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?" First Triathlons is a must read for anyone hoping to dive into the frightening waters of this miraculous sport. These 40 stories combined with expert advice reads as a flawless manual revealing one irrefutable point - you can do it too. No matter who you are or what you have been through, someone in this book had it tougher than you and they did a Triathlon. Disabilities, accidents, diseases and discomfort of all types and levels are experienced through simple honest prose. The strength of the human spirit is often more easily viewed through the eyes of those who have given themselves no choice but to succeed. That soul searching level of perseverance ultimately benefits us all.


Verso Artist Series Case Cover for Kindle Fire, Cities, Red (does not fit Kindle Fire HD)
Verso Artist Series Case Cover for Kindle Fire, Cities, Red (does not fit Kindle Fire HD)

5.0 out of 5 stars Gives Your Kindle a Professional Feel, November 5, 2012
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Lugging around a small dark screen can get a little laborious and awkward. The Verso Artist Series Cases are a must have for anyone who wants their Kindle Fire to feel more portable. Using elastic corner holders your Kindle Fire is held sturdy while being protected by a thick, decorative cover. It is so much more comfortable in your hands and easier to carry that you will wonder how you got by without one.


I'm Here To Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance
I'm Here To Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wild but Insightful Life Story, November 2, 2012
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I'm new to the world of Triathlon and had heard of Chris McCormack through his reputation as being one of the most amazing, record breaking athletes to walk planet earth so that's what drove me to read his story. The writing is much like the athlete. It starts off as bombastic, ego filled with a lingering tactical intention behind every word. Then as you pass through his tactics and the mind games he plays on his opponents, you reach a deep philosophical center.

Macca made me a fan when he talked about athletes who skip the growth process by using performance enhancing drugs in their obsession to gain a greater result. Never have I read such an introspective stance on the issue of drug use in professional sports. His insights are the result of years of racing at the highest level and should be a must read for anyone who hopes to compete in this sport.


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